Q&A with Joshua Long, Director of POST MORTEM MARY
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Whenever I watch The Exorcist, Father Karras always gives me an overwhelming sense of dread. His relationship with his mother is brilliantly relatable and tragic. I am not a religious man but all my films are about death and existential dread. I wish that god is real but doubt very much in his/her existence. Karras and his relationship with his mother and god is something I very much relate to.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
I tend to sift through thousands of bad ideas to get to what I consider a good one. That process is mentally crippling and I really want to be less critical on myself. One of the god awful ideas I had for a film was when I was in high school. I had never made a film at the time. I wrote down a plot outline of a movie where telephones kill people. It was going to be a ‘melt’ film. So the phone would ring and the unsuspecting person would answer and all of a sudden acid would spill out of the telephone and melt the side of their face…. I had this one amazing scene where the hero couple are walking down the street and as they go passed a house they would hear the phones ring inside… Brilliant!
As far as finding your spark… I think you just want to stop thinking about the audience and start thinking about what you would want to see. Trust your own instincts and cinematic tastes. Their will be an audience for it.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes very much so. I have been a horror film geek my entire life. I have collected movie posters, VHS, soundtracks and props my entire life.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I do a heap of research into the areas that interest me. I am obsessed with death. That lead me to the world of post mortem photography. I explored that world for a year and the Post Mortem Mary world started to form. The hard part is trying to figure out what story should be told in that world.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
If I woke up inside of Post Mortem Mary I think I would first off all ask for a daguerreotype image to be taken of me. That would be really cool. Would make a profile pic.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
In my squad I would have Evil Ash, Evil Ed, Tarman, Rhodes and the Shark from Zombie Flesh Eaters (Zombi).
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Jason, H.P. Lovecraft, Practical, Post Apocalypse.
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
My dad has built me three coffins so far for films! Thanks dad!
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Impending death frightens me. All my films have death dread in them.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
My favourite scary movie is George Romero’s Dawn Of the Dead. I adore this film. Close second is The Evil Dead.